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“For the locals” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Museum Haarlem

Historic Museum Haarlem
Groot Heiligland 47, 2011 EP Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 542 2427
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Ranked #11 of 14 Attractions in Haarlem
Type: Museums, History Museums
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Owner description: Het Historisch Museum Haarlem is een levendig en inspirerend museum dat een actieve rol speelt in de stad Haarlem. Een museum dat samen met de bevolking wordt gecreeerd en waar bezoekers enthousiast worden gemaakt voor de geschiedenis, het heden en de toekomst van Haarlem. Het is een ontmoetingsplaats en platform voor jong en oud, de plek waar de bezoeker op een interactieve en verrassende manier de Haarlemse geschiedenis kan beleven en spiegelen aan de actualiteit. Het ideale beginpunt in Haarlem vanwaar de stad verder verkend kan worden, voor zowel Haarlemmers als toeristen.
Heemstede, The Netherlands
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“For the locals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A good museum, which usually has exhibits that appeal mainly to locals. Nice to visit in combination with Frans Hals museum.

Visited May 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A compact and cute museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This museum is compact and cute. The short movie has an English version. Just ask the museum staff to choose that for you if you do not understand Dutch. The movie shows a history of Haarlem with a unique 3-D animation. It is a highlight of this compact museum in my view. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my visit there.

Visited April 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Small museum, a bit messy and not well maintained”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Historic Museum is more or less opposite the famous Frans Hals Museum so if you have some time to spare you can hop in.

There is not much on the history of Haarlem, it seems that what they got they just put in without any overall thought like you would see in the Historic Museum in Amsterdam. There is probably a lack of funding.

The displays are a bit poor, especially the ones on the 1st floor with children’s toys, which seem to be thrown in at random. What a pity.

The information texts are in Dutch only. There is a short movie on the history which is sort of nice.

The museum has temporary exhibitions of which I saw one on Anton Heyboer, who is “world” famous in Holland. But more for the crazy lifestyle he had then for his artwork.

Visited November 2012
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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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“The painter Heyboer and a Toy Collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This cosy museum has a small but very informative exhibition on the history of Haarlem, a short movie with effects outside of the screen provides a nice brief introduction in both Dutch and English.
Apart from the regulary exhibition two temporary exhibitions are currently presented. One on the painter Anton Heyboer, it features eary works from his Haarlem period. A smaller exhibition shows a toy collection with toys ranging from the 1750's until the 1970's.
The staff is very friendly and the diversity of topics makes that everyone finds something he/she likes. And the museum is easy to find, right across the Frans Hals museum.

Visited November 2012
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“Small museum with great short film about Haarlem history and interesting artifacts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The museum is located in a former hospital, and the name of the hospital is still above the entrance door. The main collection is labelled mostly in Dutch, while the temporary exhibitions include English. Visitors can borrow information booklets in English, but if you don't want to read you should watch the movie first and walk around afterwards.This museum has a short 15 minute film (it is in Dutch or English) about the history of Haarlem that gives you great background information for a walk through town or a stroll along the paintings in the Frans Hals museum across the street. If you are combining your day with a visit to the Frans Hals, don't forget to ask for the combi-ticket, which gives you a discount. They have an old tower clock by Haarlem clock maker Pieter Klock and an old lockbox from the local children's orphanage. An odd exhibit is the model of the Great Bavo church made of matchsticks.

Visited October 2012
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